This is another Christmas card/flier/invite tutorial using Inkscape. This one will be a bit more elegant and feature a Christmas tree made of snow flakes.
Create a rectangle. Change the color to something fairly dark. I did blue. Red or green would probably have been a better idea for making a bit more Christmassy.
Do a radial gradient. The center of the gradient will be white and the outside will get progressively darker. Place the white part of the gradient where you will be placing your star for the tree.
Step 2 - Making the tree
I personally chose to make all my snowflakes by hand. Inkscape has a really easy way of doing this. Just select the star tool and set the spokes to 6. Play around with the other settings until you get something that looks like a snowflake. You will want to do 4-7 different types of snowflakes.
Once you have the snowflakes created, copy and paste them inside the rough tree outline you made. Create a large variety. Change the sizes; rotate the shapes. Lower opacities and blur some.
When you place your snowflakes, try to keep the larger ones more in the center with the smaller flakes on the outside. Also try to place ahead for the swirls you will be making in your next step.
Step 3 - Making the swirls
Use your pen tool to create a curved line as shown above. Press CTRL+L until it is completely smooth, or just manually adjust the nodes until you have something you are happy with.
Copy the line and paste it right next to the original. Select both of the lines then press CTRL+K. This will allow you to join the end nodes by selecting both and pressing the "Join Selected Nodes" button.
Adjust the nodes till you get the shape you want.
Add a fill color. Do a radial gradient with the middle being the darkest and the outsides being the lightest.
Copy and paste the swirls all the way down the tree. You will need to edit the nodes for each swirl.
Create a white drop shadow behind the swirls by copying each swirl and changing the color to white. Add a blur and lower the opacity.
Step 4 - Place a star on the top of the tree
Use the star and polygon tool again and create a star (with only 5 spokes this time). Adjust the settings till you get a star you like.
Using the same tool, create a new star with many spokes.
Copy and paste the shape you made and make it smaller. Place this behind the star as well. Change the color to white.
After you have done that, you can copy your background and select it with the star shape going outside the screen and clip it (Object>Clip>Set).
Step 5 - Add snow for the ground
Step 6 - Add Text
Add your text.
|Here is a detail view of the tree.|